R5 Owners: 8K YT For Apple Users!

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jonpais Senior Member • Posts: 2,906
R5 Owners: 8K YT For Apple Users!

This will affect over 100 million iPhone owners in the USA alone and nearly 800 million worldwide.

From Slashcam:

So far, Apple users can neither watch videos in 4K resolution on the iPhone or iPad nor on a Mac Pro or iMac on YouTube - this is set to change with the next version of the operating system.

Apple's new macOS 11 BigSur will for the first time support Google's open VP9 codec, which YouTube has been using for about three years to play video in higher resolutions. So far, Apple users had to go through another browser such as Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox, which support VP9, ​​in order to watch YouTube video with a resolution of 4K (and higher) - the disadvantage: the videos encoded with VP9 have to be without OS support decoded by software, which takes a lot of computing power

According to the release notes of the latest macOS 11 Big Sur Beta, Apple will support 4K HDR videos via OS, with the advantage that the decoding will then be done by hardware and so much less load the processor. Beta testers also report problem-free playback of 8K videos on a MacBook Pro.
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Also to support the VP9 codec by means of the upcoming tvOS 14 also Apple's TV 4K, which was previously limited to the playback of 1080p YouTube videos. With the next version iOS 14, iPhones and iPads will also be able to display higher-resolution videos via VP9 - beta testers already had the option of 2160p playback in the YouTube app.

The question is when Apple will implement the increasingly popular AV1 video codec, the successor to the VP9 codec - after all, Apple is a member of the Alliance for Open Media (AOM), which developed the AV1 codec

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